Is plastic wrap getting in the way of your zero-waste kitchen? Beeswax food wraps are a planet-friendly alternative to disposable plastic cling wrap and can be used for everything from covering leftovers to storing organic produce. These sustainable food wraps are made of natural materials and can be rinsed and reused time and time again. Read on for our step-by-step guide to making DIY beeswax wraps from the comfort of your own kitchen.
How To Make Beeswax Wraps
Beeswax food wraps are a fun and easy craft for the whole family. You can involve your kids in this DIY activity by letting them choose the fabric and helping them follow these easy instructions (adapted from Good Housekeeping).
What You’ll Need
- 2 tbsp beeswax pellets
- 100% cotton fabric (for best results, choose a swatch with the thickness of a bed sheet)
- Parchment paper
- Baking sheet
- Cut fabric: While you preheat the oven (225°F), cut the fabric. A 14” by 14” square will fold over most foods and dishes.
- Place on baking tray: Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Place the fabric on top, with the patterned side facedown.
- Sprinkle beeswax: Next, evenly distribute a liberal amount of beeswax pellets over the fabric, being sure to reach the edges.
- Melt the beeswax: Pop the baking sheet into the oven for 5-10 minutes. Once the pellets have melted completely, take the tray out.
- Spread the beeswax: Use the paintbrush to spread the wax evenly over the fabric. Place the baking tray back into the oven for 1-2 more minutes.
- Let dry: Use tongs to remove the fabric from the baking sheet. Wave it in the air for a few seconds to let it cool, then hang it to dry. Once it has set, it’s ready to fold around your favorite organic foods!
How To Wash Beeswax Food Wraps
Unlike cling wrap, beeswax food wraps can be used time and time again. Wash them by hand using cool water and hang them to dry. Avoid hot water and surfaces that will cause the beeswax to melt (this will ruin your wraps).
How long your beeswax wraps last depends on how often you use them. In general, they should be replaced every six months or so, but if they’re looking worse for wear you can swap them out more frequently. When ready, just toss them into your compost and craft another batch!
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